In the aftermath of bulldozing her opponent in Georgia’s Democratic primary Tuesday, former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams made history by becoming the first woman and the first African-American nominee for a governorship in modern Georgia history.
If she wins the general election in November, Abrams would become the nation’s first African-American female governor.
Abrams is enjoying national attention and acclaim for her convincing victory and precisely-run campaign, in which she trounced fellow Georgia State Representative Stacey Evans by a nearly 53 point margin, 76%-24%.
National Democrats are hoping Abrams–a widely respected, Yale law graduate and longtime power figure in Georgia’s state capitol–will be able to motivate enough African-Americans, women, other minorities and Democratic leaning white voters to help her win in the Fall.
Abrams is presently gaining steam: even her primary opponent, Evans, quickly pledged her full support of Abrams shortly after the election results came in.
Meanwhile, African-Americans are hoping Abrams can set a historic precedent that is long overdue. There have only been two African-American governors in the U.S. since Reconstruction–and both were Black men.
Georgia’s political scene has long been dominated by conservative, white politicians–a direct contrast to the state’s capital and core city, Atlanta, where African-American Democrats hold almost universal power.
Political analysts are watching to see if Abrams can capitalize on demographic trends that could soon turn Georgia into a Democratic or so-called “blue” state: according to 2017 estimates, Georgia is more than 30% Black.
When other minorities are factored in, including the state’s fast-growing Latino and Asian communities, Georgia’s minority population represents close to 47% of its total population.
Those numbers are growing fast.
Many experts say Georgia could become a majority-minority state as early as the year 2025.
Abrams is hoping to mobilize many of those folks to become voters: included in that equation are a number of first-time voters and newbies to the state, a number of whom may already lean Democratic.
She’s also relying on a progressive agenda that she hopes will lure liberal and Independent white voters turned off by Georgia’s hard-right state politicians coupled with growing dissatisfaction with President Trump to help her snare a history-making win.
Currently, Abrams is riding a well-deserved Tsunami of attention and adulation, and has captivated the gaze of national and international media outlets, politicians, and celebrities.
She is also enjoying ballooning popularity on social media: Abrams’s rapidly growing Twitter account currently boasts nearly 78,000 followers.
That’s more than DOUBLE the amount of the two Republican men who are locked in a runoff to face Abrams in November–COMBINED.